We traveled to Chicago for St. Patrick's Day weekend. It is half way from St. Louis to Toledo. We used hot wire to find the best hotel deal and ended up staying at the Knickerbacker hotel right by Water Tower. The hotel's location was an excellent walking distance to many things on Michigan Avenue.
Allison, Nick, & Maryjo went to http://www.alliumchicago.com/ for lunch. This was a modern, nice, & relaxing restaurant. Farm fresh food in the heart of a city.
I (Allison) had a black bean burger:
Kelly & Matt arrived! We walked down to the Chicago River to see the dyed green river.
We then ventured to Wriggleyville land of the Cubs to meet up with another UD alumni (Ryan & his finance Brit). We went to Murphy's Bleachers Sports bar https://murphysbleachers.com which was a perfect place to celebrate St Patty's Day- bag pipers walked through, a nice selection of beer on tap, & of course green beer.
After Murphy's we ordered some Chicago deep dish pizza. http://www.loumalnatis.com
Once we got back near our hotel, Allison & Nick decided to venture to Ghiradeli chocolate for a late night dessert.
The first brunch place we attempted to attend was Yolk but it had a 1 hour wait. We then went to was West Egg Cafe. Chicago likes to name brunch places after eggs. It was a tasty brunch!
Then we decided to check out the Shedd Aquarium...once we got there in the freezing weather about 20 degrees with high winds we would have had to wait outside for 1 1/2 hours. :( Hopefully, we go next time. After our failed attempt we went back to Michigan Avenue & shopped! We know why they call it the windy city!
Places we shopped: Crate & Barrel, Nordstrom, Garret's Popcorn, Nordstrom Rack, Lulu lemon, Victoria Secret, & some other in mall shops.
Half way through shopping we stopped at Eno Wine Bar to relax by a fire & sip on some wine. It was a great way to relax & warm up before heading out again. Enjoyed Allison and Kelly time!
Dinner at http://www.jakemelnicks.com/suggested by the hotel. It was a casual & feel good food place to eat.
Dessert: Sprinkle Cupcakes ..we did not use the vending machine since it was cold we headed inside. http://www.sprinkles.com/
Cupcakes tried; Dark Chocolate & Maple/ Bacon
Allison Tried Argo tea since she gave up coffee I had to dodge the Starbucks urge on every corner. This tea place was the perfect satisfaction without having my large latte. http://www.argotea.com/
Then we had to head home home..